This week at Pre-school

Autumn Term 2 – 2019

Week commencing 16th December – There was lots to do this week!  Our Green Bod children performed their Nativity play this week to a full house!  They did absolutely brilliantly and we were very proud of them all.  There was lots of glue, glitter, tinsel and sparkly paper around for our craft table and we had some lovely chats with the children about what Santa may be bringing them for Christmas.  We finished off our week with our Christmas Party and a good time was had by all.  Santa even managed to squeeze in a visit too!    We wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a happy New Year too!  


Week commencing 9th December 2019 –  A really busy week this week as we began to practice for our Nativity Play, went off on our Post Box walk and made our Christmas Cards!!.   The children write their names into individual Christmas cards so that we can go to the local post box and post them.  We were lucky enough to see the post person on her rounds and she gave us a wave.  It will be fun seeing how long it takes for them to drop through our letterboxes.  The role play area has been transformed into Santa’s grotto where we can talk to our friends about what they might like for Christmas and look at Christmas Books.  There is even a little wrapping up to do for Santa too!!  Our Christmas cards look wonderful and each one is unique we are sure you will love them as much as we do!  


Week commencing 2nd December 2019 – Christmas has arrived at Pre-school!  We put up our Christmas Tree and began our Advent calendar and even started to sing a few Christmas songs!   Our Green Bod Children wrote letters to Santa this week.  We needed to think about what we would like Santa to bring us, as long as his elves have time to make it!   We asked for some lovely things including Elsa dresses, teddies, owls, bicycles and chocolate coins!  We drew some fantastic pictures and made a lovely display in our entrance area.


Week commencing 25th November 2019 – Letter of the week is ‘p’ – We looked at the letter ‘p’ by making penguins and playing with pasta this week.  Our role play area became a shop where we could fill our baskets with lots of goodies, remembering to pay the right money before we took it all away.  We needed to make lists of the things we needed too!  We began decorating our Christmas cakes this week ready to take home.  We needed to cut out the icing and carefully decorate the tops, adding a dash of glitter as a final touch.  We are sure you will agree they look beautiful and very tasty!


Week commencing 18th November 2019 – Letter of the week is ‘t’ – It has been trains, tickets and timetables this week as we converted our role play area into a train station!  We needed to sell tickets to our friends, check timetables and collect the right money for the trip.  We also managed to fit in making some terrific tigers and turtles too!    We have been writing Christmas cards ready for our post box walk and Christmas tags to put onto our Christmas cakes – it has been a very busy week

Week commencing 11th November 2019 -Letter of the week is ‘a’ – This week we have been busy making our mini Christmas cakes.  We make these every year and the money we raise is put towards our end of year trip!  We had lots of fun chopping, mixing and smelling all of the lovely ingredients.  We needed to make sure we followed the recipe and were able to see how the mixture changed as we added all of the lovely tasty ingredients together.  When we baked them Pre-school was filled with the lovely smell of Christmas cake – yummy!   We made poppies for remembrance day where we remembered all of the brave people who have helped to make our world a safer place.  


Week commencing 4th November 2019 -Letter of the week is ‘s’ –  We began our new term with the letter ‘s’ where we explored all thing shiny and sparkly. This linked well with bonfire night and we talked about the colours and patterns we had seen in the night sky and the sounds we could hear too!  We made shiny rockets, snails with spiral shells and springy spiders where we needed to carefully count out legs it needed.   Our Green Bods had a circle time where we talked about the things we may have done over the half term holiday.  It seems we had been to lots of  Halloween parties and eaten lots of treats!!!


Autumn Term 1 – 2019

Week commencing 14th October 2019 – We all got lovely and messy this week as we mixed up primary colours to see what happened!  We made colour monsters and used our pippets to squeeze different colours into shaving foam and them mix it all up!  It was great fun trying to guess what colour we would make and a fantastic way to use our gross and fine motor skills to mark make in the gloop!   Our Green Bods practised their scissor control this week by cutting out a folded triangle and finding out we had made a kite shape.   They were all brilliant and decorated their shapes beautifully.



Week commencing 7th October 2019 – We made some delicious yellow banana muffins this week as we looked at the colour YELLOW!  We had to mix and mash all the ingredients together and then baked them ready to take home.  We explored slimy flubber watching as it changed and oozed around our tuff spot.  We were able to compare it to the sand in our mud kitchens outside when we mixed it with lots of water and noticed that the mixture did not feel the same or move like the flubber!  We also made some lovely yellow paper plate chicks using different shapes.  Our Green Bods played a game of skittles.  We threw a bean bag and had to count how many were still standing and how many we had knocked down.   There was some super counting!



Week commencing 30th September 2019 – It has been all things GREEN  this week at Pre-school.  We have enjoyed doing a spot of green collage using lots of different textures and lots of glue!  At storytime we listened to the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar and then used circles to make our own wiggly caterpillars remembering to put on lots of legs!  We also used our fine motor skills to carefully drip paint into blobs of shaving foam and then used our gross motor to mix it all up together.  it was great fun exploring the feel of the shaving foam and noticing the patterns as the paint moved around in the foam.  In the  Knowledge and Understanding group we made colourful rainbows which looked beautiful.   In our Green Bod small groups we played a parachute game where we had to work together to move the parachute up or down, side to side and quickly and slowly.  Everyone was really good at it!



Week commencing 23rd September 2019 – We have had great fun exploring the colour BLUE this week.  The weather has been awful so we have had lots of water to play both in our water tray as well as that falling in great quantities from the sky!!  We played with dinosaurs in blue paint where we could explore the feel of the paint and make lots of different sized footprints too. We had lots of fun filling and emptying containers discovering which held more, less or even the same amounts of water even when they did not look the same!  We also fitted in some lovely blue collage as well as finding blue objects around our setting.  Our Green Bod children worked in their small groups to draw self-portraits.  We had to try to hold our pencil correctly to draw an anti-clockwise circle for our faces.  Once we had done that we had to carefully add our eyes, nose and mouth thinking about where they needed to be and what colour we needed.  We were able to use a mirror to check how we were doing.  We are sure you will agree they look brilliant!


Week commencing 16th September 2019 – It has been all things RED At Pre-school this week as we begin looking at primary colours.  We made some fantastic red rockets to woosh up into the sky and explored red paint by using red duplo blocks to make marks and patterns on paper.  We had great fun drumming with our red rhythm sticks on the top of our red sand tray!    In their small groups our Green Bods have been talking about our rules of ‘Be Kind’, ‘Be Safe’, and ‘Be Careful’ and what they mean.



Week commencing 4th and 9th September 2019 – We have had a busy couple of weeks as we settle back into Pre-school after the long summer break and welcome new children starting with us this year.  Our role play kitchen has been really busy with cooking and tea making as well as babies to look after!   There have been some fun activities to explore such as playdo, cornstarch gloop, pasta and some hungry dinosaurs in the tuff spot!!!  We have been learning the names of our friends and those of the staff by playing fun turn taking games as well as exploring the setting and learning routines.   Our Green Bods have been introduced to the friends they will be with in their small group activities.